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J.K Murphy

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MURPHY: When their paper is missed, subscribers miss their paper

When they are out on the street, readers don’t hesitate to give them an earful … because when their paper delivery is missed, they miss their paper. That’s what community newspapering is all about.

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MURPHY: Remembering a short but amazing life

At age 5, Jackson Jinright had accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime.. At that young age, he was already a world traveler, had earned countless friends and fans, faced unimaginable diversity with immense courage and determination, reached higher than most ever hope to ... and despite mountains

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MURPHY: Christmas comes early?

An old “Dennis the Menace” newspaper comic from the 1980s shows Dennis and his pal Joey standing in front of a department store window. Dennis says, “Look, Joey, they’re putting up the Christmas decorations … that means Halloween can’t be far off.”

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MURPHY: Christmas comes early?

We keep pushing up the holiday season, but is there anything wrong with that?

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MURPHY: A success story born out of Rainbow Village

Steven Jackson gives a face to organization's mission.

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Murphy: New Website Adding Online Opportunities For Daily Post

When I came out of school with a journalism degree, if someone had told me that ink on newsprint would be replaced before my newspaper career was over, I'd have scoffed.

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MURPHY: New website adding online opportunities for Daily Post

New website adds opportunities for Daily Post.

MURPHY: There's help if you want to buy American

Vote With Your Wallet, the local group espousing a "buy-American-to-save America" philosophy, is ready to challenge the nation.

MURPHY: There's help if you want to buy American

Vote With Your Wallet, the local group espousing a “buy-American-to-save America” philosophy, is ready to challenge the nation.

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MURPHY: County address offers stage for a fresh start

I've sat through 11 State of the County Addresses since moving to Gwinnett in 1998.

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MURPHY: We need facts before airport decision

Last week, the county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep alive the possibility of regularly scheduled commercial flights in and out of the local airport.

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MURPHY: We need facts before airport decision

Last week, the county commissioners voted 3-2 to keep alive the possibility of regularly scheduled commercial flights in and out of the local airport.

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MURPHY: Daily Deal adds value to the Post

Couponing has been a newspaper staple for generations. I remember my mother sitting at the dining room table, snipping coupons from the Indianapolis Star and then stuffing them into categorized envelopes. I also remember her sifting through those envelopes in the aisle of the grocer as she looked for the best deal on paper towels or pork and beans. Thirty-five cents here, a quarter there -- it added up.

MURPHY: Diverse Gwinnett has to work toward unity

The U.S. Census Bureau numbers released this week should have surprised no one. They should, however, serve as a reminder of how rapidly Gwinnett County's population is diversifying.

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MURPHY: Journalism requires pursuit of objectivity

All right, let's be honest. Back in the '80s, how many of you turned the channel from "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson to tune in Ted Koppel on "Nightline?" It was a tough time slot for a serious-minded news program, but Koppel and "Nightline" offered an alternative attractive enough to remain on the air for 25 years. ("Nightline" still is on the air; Koppel left the show in 2005.)

MURPHY: Is honesty too big of a request?

Recent events have forced me to change my voting strategy. I'm no longer going to get hung up on party tags, campaign planks or even political ideology. My sole acid test for any candidate wanting my support is honesty.

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MURPHY: Who wants to be Gwinnett's next commission chairman?

It's too early to make a short list for the March 15 special election that will fill the void left by Charles Bannister's resignation as the Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Still, folks are talking about who can lead Gwinnett out of its malaise.

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MURPHY: Who wants to be Gwinnett's next commission chairman?

It’s too early to make a short list for the March 15 special election that will fill the void left by Charles Bannister’s resignation as the Gwinnett County Commission chairman. Still, folks are talking about who can lead Gwinnett out of its malaise.

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MURPHY: Join the fight and read pink

It was such a success last year that we're "blushing" again.In a repeat performance, the Daily Post will be pink this Friday. It's not because we found some discount paper on sale or that the mill used too much redwood in the mix. We purchased another six tons of colored paper to support and bring attention to the fight against breast cancer.

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MURPHY: Divisions clear as midterms creep up

With only seven more weeks of annoying robo-calls and irritating television commercials left, some random political ponderings:

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MURPHY: Spin drowns out facts of airport expansion

Expansion of Briscoe Field to accommodate larger, commercial aircraft has mobilized those living in and around Lawrenceville. Reaction has been swift to the county's examination of the opportunity to privatize the general aviation airport and allow it to add runway length in order to serve commercial aircraft.

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MURPHY: Try planes near airport before we buy expansion

The anti-airport activists are gaining altitude."No Airport Expansion" signs are proliferating. The city of Dacula joined Lawrenceville in passing an anti-expansion resolution. You can't find a candidate for public office who's for it.

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MURPHY: Runoff system too costly in a time of tight money

Tuesday's election has me thinking. With government scratching for every dime in these austere times, the state of Georgia could find a bonanza in switching its election process.

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Runoff system too costly in a time of tight money

Tuesday’s election has me thinking.

MURPHY: Engage Gwinnett gave county a powerful tool

County government has struggled mightily the last year and a half trying to maintain essential services. In the end, the commissioners did the two things politicians hate to do -- cut services and hike taxes. A result of those actions is the extra property tax payment due Monday.

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MURPHY: We all must show ID to get what we want

When I go to a hotel or board a plane or see my doctor, I show identification. When I make a credit card purchase, I'm often asked to prove who I am. In a foreign country, I'd expect to yield proof that I'm in that country legally. The waitress at Taco Mac (God bless her soul) asks to see my driver's license before she pours me a beer (may be trolling for tips ... but it works).

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MURPHY: We all must show ID to get what we want

When I go to a hotel or board a plane or see my doctor, I show identification. When I make a credit card purchase, I'm often asked to prove who I am. In a foreign country, I'd expect to yield proof that I'm in that country legally. The waitress at Taco Mac (God bless her soul) asks to see my driver's license before she pours me a beer (may be trolling for tips … but it works).

MURPHY: Briscoe Field expansion winning public support

For generations, Gwinnett County has had a love-hate relationship with transportation. We love the idea of easily and quickly getting from Point A to B; we hate many of the solutions that could get us there.Let's call it our version of "Planes, Trains and Automobiles."

MURPHY: Is there an app for iPhone addiction?

How cool was it that James Bond had a phone in his car back in the '60s? And that Maxwell Smart had a phone in his shoe. When I was growing up, mobile phones were science fiction.

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MURPHY: County in great shape for what may lie ahead

At another newspaper in another community, reporters were under orders to follow any cement truck they came upon because it could lead to a story. When concrete trucks are considered a valid news tip, it's an indication that there can't be much else going on. (Can you imagine tailing cement trucks in Gwinnett County? The Daily Post would need an army of reporters.)

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One difficult journey: 2-year-old Sugar Hill boy battles rare disease

SUGAR HILL -- Jackson Jinright sits in his father's lap and laughs.

MURPHY: Tennis center gets shot to show what it's worth

It was 1996 when Andre Agassi won gold at center court of the Stone Mountain Tennis Center. A lot has changed at the Olympic venue since.It's odd that the multimillion-dollar facility that welcomed the world a mere 14 years ago now has people wondering if it is worth saving.

MURPHY: Tennis center gets shot to show what it's worth

It was 1996 when Andre Agassi won gold at center court of the Stone Mountain Tennis Center. A lot has changed at the Olympic venue since.

MURPHY: Don't change school funding

The Georgia General Assembly session is now two weeks old and guess what issue is garnering the most headlines: Education.

MURPHY: It's time to stand up and be counted

Finish the sentence with a correct statement:One out of every 385 U.S. residents ...a) believes in UFOs.b) would go broke under the proposed health care reform proposal.c) is upset over the cancellation of the 10 p.m. Jay Leno show.d) lives in Gwinnett County

MURPHY: It's time to stand up and be counted

Finish the sentence with a correct statement:

J.K. MURPHY: New speaker brings reason for real hope

The proverbial rock and hard place is an apt description for the 2010 Georgia General Assembly convening Monday. The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual legislative session Thursday night, and most of what's on the Gwinnett business community's mind mimics previous years -- WET: water, education and transportation.

MURPHY: This '09 big news list omits Jon and Kate

By now you've been deluged with end-of-2009 lists. From news to movies to books to celebrities to scandals, we like to put a Top 10 tag on just about anything.

MURPHY: This '09 big news list omits Jon and Kate

By now you've been deluged with end-of-2009 lists. From news to movies to books to celebrities to scandals, we like to put a Top 10 tag on just about anything.

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MURPHY: No need to save daylight during its plentiful time

I'm looking out my office window. It's dark out. Not just dark, but pitch-black dark. The kind of dark that swallows oak trees and makes buildings disappear and reduces motor vehicles to a pair of white dots coming and red lights going. Let's be clear: It's dark -- and it's only 6:15 p.m.Last Sunday, our nation "fell back" in time -- a move to brighter mornings and darker evenings. I don't like it.

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MURPHY: No need to save daylight during its plentiful time

I'm looking out my office window. It's dark out. Not just dark, but pitch-black dark. The kind of dark that swallows oak trees and makes buildings disappear and reduces motor vehicles to a pair of white dots coming and red lights going. Let's be clear: It's dark — and it's only 6:15 p.m.

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MURPHY: We take lickings, but we keep ticking

For someone who's spent 30 years newspapering, the news about newspapers is more than disconcerting. I wonder how newspaper readers feel about what's happening to a product that's been an intrinsic part of their lives. And I wonder if they wonder about the future of the Daily Post.Some pundits say newspapers are dinosaurs destined for a similar fate. I don't buy it.

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MURPHY: We take lickings, but we keep ticking

About six months ago, I used this space to give my take on the newspaper industry and how it relates to us here at the Daily Post.

Strong leadership is needed going forward

Gwinnett County commissioners come and go, but not at that quick a pace. In the last 10 years, 10 different names have been inscribed on the nameplates in the commissioners' meeting room. Potentially, if each candidate would have been one term and out, that number could have been 25.

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MURPHY: Strong leadership is needed going forward

Gwinnett County commissioners come and go, but not at that quick a pace. In the last 10 years, 10 different names have been inscribed on the nameplates in the commissioners' meeting room. Potentially, if each candidate would have been one term and out, that number could have been 25.

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MURPHY: Strong leadership is needed going forward

Gwinnett County commissioners come and go, but not at that quick a pace. In the last 10 years, 10 different names have been inscribed on the nameplates in the commissioners' meeting room. Potentially, if each candidate would have been one term and out, that number could have been 25.

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MURPHY: Curing cancer one brighter smile at a time

Eight years ago, Dr. Bruce Carter wanted to do his part in the fight against cancer. He knew of colleagues who provided dental work and instead of accepting a fee for services rendered from their patients, asked them to make a charitable contribution.The scheme sounded plausible and he went to work. In 2001, he spread the word that he would whiten the teeth of anyone who would donate to the cause. About 150 patients took him up on the offer and the Lawrenceville dentist raised $28,000 - a huge success by any measure.

Curing cancer one brighter smile at a time

Editor's note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Daily Post is publishing stories relating to the fight against cancer as part of a "Read Pink" campaign that kicked off Oct. 1 with the pink Post - an edition printed on pink paper.

Leaders pass the buck to courtrooms

By voting them into public service, we grant elected leaders the power and authority to make decisions for us.

This year's fair missing two great champions

For most of my life, a trip to the county fair has been an annual event. First there was the Marion County (Ind.) fair when I was a kid. As a news reporter in southern Indiana I'd spend days at different fairs writing stories and gathering 4-H contest results. For the last 10 years, I've enjoyed the fair here in Gwinnett County, which closes its 2009 version today.

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